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Morrison denies Australia delayed assisting asylum seekers

Immigration Minister Scott Morrison has rejected suggestions that Australian authorities took too long to respond to an asylum seeker distress call.

Amanda Knox murder retrial begins tonight

The retrial of Amanda Knox, for the murder of her British roommate in 2007, opens in Florence tonight.

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Qld government calls for crackdown on bikie gangs

The Queensland government is calling for tougher bikie laws across the country to combat gang violence.

At least 40 killed in shooting in Nigeria

Suspected Islamist gunmen have attacked a college in north-eastern Nigeria, killing up to 50 students.

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Abbott to talk border protection with Indonesia

Tony Abbott’s first overseas visit as leader is to Indonesia, where asylum seekers are expected to be a hot topic.

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Navy returns 44 asylum seekers to Indonesia

The Australian Navy has returned 44 asylum seekers to Indonesia, after rescuing them 40 miles off the coast of Java.

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Regions across NSW to prepare for a total fire ban tomorrow

The NSW Rural Fire Service is warning residents across the state to be wary of the fire dangers in the state tomorrow.

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Budget woes to continue despite deficit $500 million lower than forecast- Hockey

Figures show the Labor Government’s budget deficit last year was $500 million dollars lower than predicted.

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Gold Coast policeman shot in the face during robbery

A Queensland police officer has been shot in the face, during a response to an armed robbery on the Gold Coast in Queensland.

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Tensions emerge with Indonesia over border protection

Tensions have emerged with Indonesia over the Abbott government’s border protection policy.